MAS and AirAsia. Chan Kong Choy spoke yesterday of Malaysia creating "two national champions" after witnessing the signing of a deal in which AirAsia's Long Haul may buy up to 15 Airbus 330-300s for US$2.6 billion for its budget long-haul flights from September this year. The Transport Minister said the government will ensure equal route distribution between AirAsia and state-owned Malaysia Airlines to create two successful "national champions." [read here]
I usually ignore the rhetorics of politicians, but this minister must think we are all fools all the time. In many countries, producing one "national champion" in the aviation sector remains a dream. In Malaysia, at the rate we are going with AirAsia and MAS, I can see only ONE winner. I may wrong, but let's see.